BEIJING, (BM) – According to Chinese authorities, the “two states, two peoples” formula is the UN’s path to ending the decades-long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. This position is stating in a press release issued by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
“China will host an open debate on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Security Council tomorrow, and we hope that all countries can give a concerted vote on this issue. China believes that the Security Council must reaffirm “the two-state plan” and call on both Palestine and Israel to resume peace talks based on the ‘two-state plan’ as soon as possible,” Wang Yi said.
It is clear from the statement that a telephone conversation between the Chinese Foreign Minister and his Palestinian counterpart Qureshi was held on May 15. Qureshi fully supports China’s position and agrees with the idea of “two states, two peoples” and the start of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
China blames the United States for escalating tensions in the Middle East and accuses Washington of standing on “the opposite side of international justice.”
The UN is primarily to blame for the deteriorating situation
China says the primary blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recent events lies with the United Nations and its inaction in recent years. According to Wang Yi, the UN has repeatedly failed to implement the resolutions it has adopted, which is enough to “seriously deviate” from the Security Council’s adopted path initially.
“In particular, the Palestinians’ right to an independent state is constantly being violated. The situation of the Palestinian people has deepened further, leading to an intensification of the Palestinian-Israeli confrontation and repeated conflicts. The facts have shown that without a just settlement, real peace between Palestine and Israel and the Middle East,” the statement said.
What is happening in the area?
The violence began after the focus fell on controversial judicial and political actions over the Palestinian-populated Sheikh Jara district of East Jerusalem. An Israeli court initially ruled that Palestinians should be evicted from the neighborhood and be populated with Israelis. A hearing on the eviction followed, but it never ended last Sunday and was postponed.
On Monday, May 10, Jerusalem was subjected to a brief rocket attack by al-Quds and Hamas with a request on the eviction decision. Israel did not comply with the Palestinians, which led to a retaliatory strike and a rocket fire between the two countries for the second day in a row.
According to a field source, Israel has involved fighter jets and tanks in the conflict, which are hitting 130 targets in the Gaza Strip. These goals are related to the Hamas movement. According to the Israeli authorities, these goals are also associated with terrorist organizations.
The international community welcomes the actions of Israelis and Palestinians, but as statements from both sides make clear, both sides may reach no agreement soon.
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